Category: Product Liability


A California Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective on Accidents

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 6, 2013

A California personal injury case can take on many forms.  If you, or someone you love, has been injured in any one of the following situations, you may have a personal injury case worth pursuing. Assault Injuries Bicycle Accident Bus Accident Car Accident Dangerous Product Defective Product Dog Bite / Animal Attack Elevator / Escalator Accident False Arrest Medical Negligence Motorcycle Accident Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse Pedestrian Accident Railroad Crossing Accident Sexual Abuse Slip & Fall Accident Trip & Fall Accident Truck Accident Wrongful Death Call me to discuss whether you have a personal injury case.  Consultations are free and unlike a vicious dog,… Read More

Warning! Refinishing Your Bathtub Could Kill You

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 24, 2012

How scary is this? Beautifying your bathtub could lead to death. It turns out that 13 bathtub refinishers have died in the last 12 years as a result of methylene chloride stripping agents. According to an article in Health Day, “All of the deaths occurred in residential bathrooms with inadequate ventilation. The victims either did not use protective respiratory equipment or the equipment they used did not protect against methylene chloride vapor, according to the report in the Feb. 24 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC.” CDC Report Links Death to These Products The Centers for Disease Control… Read More

DePuy Hip Replacement Failures Lead to Massive Recall

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: November 13, 2011

People with a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant are experiencing a high rate of failure and pain associated with this device, sometimes shortly after surgery.  See New York Times Johnson & Johnson Recalls Hip Implants People with the DePuy ASR have filed lawsuits because, despite reports of injury with this device, the manufacturer failed to inform doctors and patients of the known risks associated with this device and waited to issue a DePuy recall until August 2010. The Manufacturer of the DePuy ASR has Issued a DePuy Recall Due to a High Rate of Failure (Bloomberg). The DePuy ASR is a Metal on Metal (MoM) prosthetic device consisting of a ball and corresponding socket… Read More

Actos Users Beware: Danger of Heart Attacks, Bladder Cancer

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 29, 2011

The dangers of the Type II Diabetes drug Actos have led to a plethora of lawsuits around the United States.  What are the possible side effects of Actos? New or worsening heart problems (including congestive heart failure) Bladder Cancer The side effects are of such a serious nature that a new WARNING was issued by FDA in June 2011.  Here’s a direct quote from the FDA Warning: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Information about this… Read More

NuvaRing Vaginal Contraceptive: Blood Clots, Heart Attacks, Strokes, Death

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 26, 2011

NuvaRing is a combination hormonal contraceptive ring that is inserted into a woman’s vagina to prevent pregnancies. The FDA approved its use in October of 2001 but the product, which is manufactured by Organon USA, wasn’t introduced into the market until July 2002. The flexible polyethylene ring contains estrogen and a form of progestin. The ring is used by over 1.5 million women around the world. NuvaRing is considered a third generation contraceptive and was initially said to have fewer side effects. How NuvaRing Works The NuvaRing works by releasing a steady dose of the hormones into the bloodstream where it is absorbed through the vaginal wall. Women… Read More

Escalator Injuries: Who Woulda Thunk It?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 27, 2011

Escalator accidents – who woulda thunk it? Well, actually, I’ve thunk it but, hey, I represent people who get hurt in a variety of ways both common and uncommon. Earlier today I read a fascinating account of how a New York Jets fan was injured when an escalator malfunctioned at Meadowlands Stadium. The Lawyers USA blog post Jets Fan Gets Day In Court Over Escalator Malfunction tells the whole story. To sum it up, though, it was a crazy game on October 1, 2006. The stadium was packed and everyone stayed until the last second of the game. “Everyone” means 77,190 distraught Jets fans! Well, when… Read More

Power Windows: Danger to Children

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: November 3, 2009

This morning I read a very common-sense article in the New York Times entitled Power Windows Pose Great Risk to Children, Says Consumer Group. It piqued my interest so I decided to look a little further into the issue. It makes logical sense that, absent safety precautions, power windows are potentially quite dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 1,995 power window related injuries (mostly minor) and six deaths per year. Janette Fennell, president of KidsAndCars.org disputes these numbers saying that her phone and Internet surveys indicate that there have been about 13.6 million power window related injuries over an unspecified… Read More

Jury Awards Truck Driver $9.5 Million for Permanent Damage from Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 29, 2009

This absolutely fascinating story comes out of Georgia where plaintiff John Henry Howard (a Georgia truck driver) sued defendant Boston Men’s Health Center, Inc. for damages suffered after treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). A Dekalb State Court Jury of his peers awarded Howard $750,000 in compensatory damages. However, the jury also found that the defendant acted with an intent to cause harm and further awarded Howard $8.5 Million in punitive damages. Howard was brilliantly represented by attorney W. Fred Orr II, who himself received bear hugs from 10 of the 12 jury members after the trial was over. Howard went to the clinic in an… Read More

Nautilus Recalls Bowflex® Home Gyms Due to Risk of Injury

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 6, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued information regarding the Nautilus Bowflex Home Gyms (see below). If you, or someone you know, has been injured as a result of this unit, please call the Law Office of Lowell Steiger to find out your rights. Injuries from the Nautilus Bowflex (or other defective products) fall under the category of Product Liability. Can you sue if you’re injured as a result of a defective product? Yes. Injuries related to bad design or manufacture of a product fall into the product liability category. If an injury is sustained as a result of bad design… Read More

Paper Shredders Putting Kids and Pets at Risk of Major Injury

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: January 25, 2009

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a parent whose young child lost 3 fingers in a home paper shredder. It happened in a flash. The poor mother did everything she could to save the child’s little fingers but, alas, to no avail. Fingers are no match for the blades of a paper shredder. The fault of the parent? I think not. Can she sue someone for the injuries sustained by her child? Yes. Should she sue someone for the injuries sustained by her child? Yes. Read on. Manufacturers of paper shredders, whether for home or business use, are aware of the potential dangers of… Read More

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